Monday, 17 May 2010


Well it's May 17 and for me that marks an extra candle on top of the cake but it also got me thinking what other historical landmarks where marked by this date in history? I did some research so here they are.
218- 7Th recorded perihelion passage of Hailey's Comet
1590- Anne of Denmark was crowned Queen of Scotland
1620- 1st merry-go-round seen at a fair in Philippapolis Turkey
1630- Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi is first to see 2 belts on Jupiter surface
1790- New York Stock Exchange is established
1804- Lewis and Clark begin exploration of Louisiana Purchase
1845- Rubber band is patented
1875- 1st Kentucky Derby: Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides wins in 2:37.75
1876- 7Th US Cavalry under Custer leaves Ft Lincoln
1881- New Testament is revised
1883- Buffalo Bill Cody's 1st wild west show debuts in Omaha
1884- Alaska becomes a US state
1916- British Summer Time (Daylight Savings) 1st introduced
1932- Congress changes name "Porto Rico" to "Puerto Rico"
1935- English novelist Dennis Potter is born
1936- Easy Rider himself Dennis Hopper is born
1937- Juan Negrin succeeds Largo Caballero as Spain's Premier
1939- 1st sports telecast- Columbia vs Princeton- College baseball
1942- Blues legend Taj Mahal is born
1961- Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers
1963- Bruno Sammartino defeats Nature Boy Buddy Rodgers in 48 seconds to become
WWWF World Champion at Madison Square Garden, it begins the longest World Championship reign in Pro Wrestling history
1968- European Space Organization launches 1st satellite
1972- Tottenham Hotspur wins 1st UEFA Cup in London
1973- Senate Watergate Committee begins it's hearing
1975- NBC paid $5M for rights to show "Gone with the wind" one time
1976- Earthquake in Uzbekistan kills 1000's
1980- Kumar Anandan balanced on one foot for 33 hours
1982- The Housebound Writer is born
1984- Prince Charles calls a proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a "Monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend," sparking controversies on the proper role of the Royal family and the course of modern architecture
1989- Longest cab ride ever: 14,000 miles cost $16,000!
1989- Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa
1989-Vincent Van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet" auctioned for $825M
1990- Dow Jones average hits a record 2,831.71
1990- Cheers star Kelsey Grammer sentenced to jail for 30 days for DWI
1993- Intel's new Pentium processor is unveiled
2004- Massachusetts becomes the first US state to legalize same-sex marriage
2007- Trains from North and South Korea cross the 38Th Parallel in a test-run agreed by both governments. This is the first time that trains have crossed the Demilitarized zone since 1953

I think you'll agree not a bad date to have as your birthday.

Thanking you

The Housebound Writer


  1. Oh! Happy birthday Andrew!!! How old are you today? May 17th is really a day many things are celebrated, huh?! =)

    Many happy returns of the day, boy. May all your dreams come true, and may you have a wonderful day. =*

  2. I'm also always interested in events that have happened on my birthday as well. It makes me feel connected.

  3. happy Birthday! the day of the longest cab ride, I ownder how much that was

  4. Happy goddamn birthday to ya! I'm older than you! Na na - nuh- nah- nahhhhhhh. Love your blog. Lot's of interesting tidbits and a wealth of humor. First time here.

  5. Happy Birthday To You
    Happy Birthday To You
    Happy Birthday Dear Andrew
    Happy Birthday To You!

    Sorry this is a bit late!! :D